I have an update for my constituents along the Los Angeles River, including those who live and work in Elysian Valley.

Since I took office, my staff and I have been working with the Department of City Planning on revising the Qualifying Conditions --or Q conditions-- along the commercially zoned areas that front the Los Angeles River. Q conditions are the set of guidelines used to inform development, and include preference for adaptive reuse and affordable housing. The conditions allow the neighborhood to maintain its established character, while discouraging out-of-scale developments.

Here is some background information on the topic from City Planning, both in English and Spanish. Below you will find the location of the public hearing that is scheduled for June 9. I encourage residents and stakeholders to attend the hearing to weigh-in on proposed height reductions, lot coverage restrictions, residential building types and prohibiting future uses such as auto repair shops, tow yards and recycling centers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Location: Dickerson Employee
1918 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Open House: 5:00 PM
Public Hearing: 6:00 PM


The public comment period on this proposal runs through June 29th. I encourage my constituents in the area to weigh in on this topic and let the City know how you feel about this policy that would scale back the footprint and height of potential projects in the commercial area of Elysian Valley. Comments and questions are encouraged and should be directed to Alex Heath, his email is Alex.Heath@lacity.org and his phone number is 213-978-0627

Thank you for working with my office and providing input on these updates. The existing residents of Elysian Valley should rest assured that I know very well their long history in this neighborhood and have made it a top priority to ease the pressure that fear of displacement has caused. Together we can make these changes!

Warm Regards,

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell

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